27 Apr, 2021 @ 20:30
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Spain confirms death of two journalists abducted while covering story on wildlife poaching in Burkina Faso

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MADRID has confirmed that two bodies found in the west African region of Burkina Faso are those of two Spanish journalists abucted while covering a story on wildlife poaching.

The two Spaniards, identified as David Beriain and Roberto Fraile, were abducted and reported missing on Monday after an attack on their vehicle whilst filming a documentary on anti-poaching measures in the area.

Spain’s foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya told the media in a press conference held on Wednesday morning that the Spanish government are in constant contact with the Burkinabe authorities to understand the details behind the killings.

Shortly after the press conference, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed the identities of the two men in a tweet.

The attack, confirmed by security forces at the time, reported that four people were injured and abducted, the two Spanish filmmakers, one Irish NGO officer and a Burkinabe guide.

The Irish conservation worker is thought to have dual nationality according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and the British Embassy has not yet received a request for assistance.

Families of the missing Spaniards are being kept informed by the Spanish embassy in Mali and the Irish government have been informed of the situation.

The attack occurred as a vehicle containing the documentary makers was patrolling an area of Pama forest reserve to the east of Burkina Faso in broad daylight.

David Beriain and Roberto Fraile have been confirmed as the Spanish reporters that were killed in an ambush in Burkina Faso

The convoy was made up of numerous pick up trucks and military motorcycle guards that left the town of Natiaboani on Monday morning, and stopped around 60 kilometres towards the Pana area to obtain drone shots of the area when the ambush occurred.

As yet, no-one has claimed responsibility for the events, however the region has been the target for numerous armed attacks against French and UN workers in recent months carried out by groups linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS.


James Warren

"James spent three years spent working as a junior writer at various English language newspapers in Spain before finding a home at the Olive Press. He previously worked for many years as a bid writer for an international motorsports company. Based in Cordoba since 2014, James covers the southern Subbetica region, northern and inland Malaga and the Axarquia area. Get in touch at [email protected] with news or trustworthy tips that you would like him to cover in these areas"

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